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May 27, 2006
Re "The end of 'more,' " Opinion, May 22 I'm happy to find that former Sen. George McGovern is still thinking clearly. He expresses dismay at the union leaders continuing the John L. Lewis philosophy of always wanting "more." I agree with his contention that in this new competitive environment, union leaders, particularly in the automotive and airline industries, need to back off and work with company executives and remain competitive. The only alternative is to go out of business.
January 31, 2009
Re "Power in the union," Opinion, Jan. 26 Robert B. Reich writes of unions as potential saviors for our current economic downturn. At 64, I am old enough to remember growing up in Fairless Hills, Penn., a town constructed by U.S. Steel in the early 1950s to house workers for a new steel plant near Philadelphia. The Steelworkers Union then obtained great benefits for its members. A menial job at "the mill" for a high school graduate paid double what my father, a high school teacher, earned.
July 10, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
The Democrats are holding their convention in a right-to-work state, and Republicans are promoting the efforts of governors across the country to scale back collective bargaining rights of public employee unions. So what's a union member to do to show disapproval with both parties? Attend a rally before both conventions in Philadelphia, apparently. Unions will hold a Workers Stand for America rally on Aug. 11 in Philadelphia in an effort to draw attention to labor issues before both conventions.
November 20, 1990 | HARRY BERNSTEIN
Union strength in the workplace has dwindled, but, not satisfied with that, many Republicans are now pressing for legislation to weaken labor's still impressive strength in the political arena. The goal is to blunt the increasingly sharp political tools that unions use to get their nearly 20 million members to vote for labor-endorsed candidates, most of whom are Democrats.
February 26, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
U.S. labor unions are losing members faster than they can recruit new ones as membership declined by 280,000 employees in 2002 to 16.1 million, the Labor Department said. Last year 13.2% of U.S. workers belonged to a union, a decline from 13.4% in 2001 and 20.1% in 1983, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
August 11, 1991
I enjoyed Samuel G. Freedman's review of Stephen Fraser's "Labor Will Rule" (July 21), except for the first two paragraphs in which he seems anxious to portray present-day unions in a negative light. These opening remarks by a reviewer of great writing skills and stature in literary circles puts him in a class of thinkers who are, seemingly, eager to see the unions die and to write their obituary. It was my good fortune to have worked closely with union leaders in our Southern California urban megalopolis for 34 years--1937-1971--including the leaders of the Sidney Hillman Labor Center in Los Angeles.
September 23, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Advocates trying to place initiatives on California's ballot may face new requirements under a bill approved by the Legislature this month. The measure, AB 857 by Assemblyman Paul Fong (D-Cupertino), would require 10% of petition signatures to be gathered by volunteers instead of paid workers. However, critics say the bill would unfairly empower unions - their members would be counted as volunteers even if they're on labor's payroll. Phil Ung of California Common Cause said the measure would do little to remove the influence of big money on the initiative process while giving an unfair advantage to unions.
December 7, 2009 | By Maeve Reston
As the Los Angeles City Council race between Assemblyman Paul Krekorian and former film executive Christine Essel drew to a close, outside groups shattered the record for independent spending in a non-citywide election since ethics officials began tracking those figures two decades ago. By Sunday evening, independent groups, including some of the city's most powerful unions, had poured nearly $1 million into the contest for the San Fernando Valley...
June 21, 2012 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court dealt a defeat Thursday to public employee unions in a case from California, ruling that unions must win approval in advance from dissenting members before they collect extra dues in mid-year to pay for a political campaign. The dispute turned on a relatively small amount of money, but one that involved an important principle of the 1stAmendment. The case also carried echoes of the recent fights in Wisconsin and other states over limiting the power of public employee unions.
December 17, 2000 | From Associated Press
Chinese police detained a man who had been organizing factory workers' efforts to form an independent union, sending him to a psychiatric hospital, a human rights group said Saturday. Electrician Cao Maobing was committed Friday to Yancheng city's No. 4 Psychiatric Hospital, said the Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy. Cao had been leading unionization efforts by 300 workers at a state-owned silk factory in the eastern province of Jiangsu.
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